Our goal : organizing the exchange of information on thermal spraying at the European level.
ETSA is managed by the Board of Delegates, composed of twelve members elected in a secret vote by the College of Members during the assembly general for four years. They can be re-elected. Members by right: the national representatives of the European countries (one representative per country being active in thermal spraying) are proposed by the national members of the association and accepted by the elected members of the Board of Delegates for four years.
Board of Delegates represents key European universities, research centers and companies involved in thermal spraying, performing research and producing feedstock, equipments and coatings on European and international level. The institutions represented by the delegates gather together hundreds of scientists and engineers dedicated to R&D activities dedicated to base research, applied research, equipment and application development , problem solving in the field of thermal spraying, materials science and engineering...
Winterschool turned into a Workshop
Winterschool on Thermal Spraying with Liquid Feedstock took place from 22 to 22 March in Stuttgart (Germany). 22 participants from 11 countries including Algeria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and USA listened to 17 presentations given by the lecturers coming from European academia and industry.
The presentations corresponded to the different subjects involved in liquid spraying: starting from the chemistry and physics of suspension, spray techniques involved (mainly plasma and high velocity oxy-fuel spraying) and different properties of coatings (mechanical, thermophysical, biomedical and others). A lot of attention was paid to the problems related to suspension feeding such as solid phase fraction in suspension, abrasion of the hydraulic elements remaining in contact with suspension and other problems related to the longtime coatings deposition in the production conditions. Finally, the roughness of the substrate was carefully discussed as a possible process parameter which influences the coatings microstructure, especially a columnar microstructure desired at deposition of thermal barrier coatings. The high professional level of the presentation as well as many pertinent questions coming from the audience transformed the Winterschool into a Workshop
The Winterschool was prepared very carefully by Dr Andreas Killinger the Institute of Technology of Ceramic Elements managed by Prof. Rainer Gadow (http://www.ifkb.uni-stuttgart.de/) The social part, which included the visit in Daimler Museum, TV Tower, and a conference dinner in a traditional restaurant, contributed in a friendly atmosphere which seems to be a particularity of all ETSA events.
The participation of the industrialists coming from Germany and the USA in the Winterschool was an important signal which enables to hope that the liquid feedstock thermal spraying is on the way to be introduced to the thermal spray industry.
The President of ETSA
Limoges, the 8 April 2013
Why become member ?
The website of the European Thermal Spray Association provides the useful information to all colleagues interested in thermal spraying in the large societies, job shops, or university laboratories. The ETSA members have access to the additional services such as job proposition, information about services related to thermal spraying in different European countries, forum of users which enbles research of missing information related to thermal spraying and much more.
The ETSA membership enables also a reduction in the fees of the events organized by the association.